Flyers Forget to Show up in 4-1 Loss to Isles
Coming into Thursday night’s game against the Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky boasted a career record of 7-0-0 against New York’s other team.
For anyone who didn’t have a chance to watch the game, the 4-1 final score insinuates that Bobrovsky’s play was less than stellar.
However, nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, it was Bobrovsky’s play that kept the game as ‘close’ as it was.
“Without Bob it could have been a totally different game,” Matt Read said. “Hopefully we can respect our goalies better and play better for them.”
The first period came and went without either side scoring a goal.
Bobrovsky looked strong, especially when he shut down Islanders leading scorer John Tavares on two quality-scoring chances; one during a power-play and another on a breakaway.
Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov had some shining moments as well, but didn’t have to face the same kind of pressure Bobrovsky did.
A large majority of the Flyers chances came from the outside or the team failed to finish when they had chances in close.
At times, the team looked unorganized and continually tried to force passes into tight windows.
The Islanders got off to a quick start in the second period.
Following a power move by Scott Hartnell to the New York goal, the Islanders answered immediately when John Tavares made his own power move to the Philadelphia goal.
With Kimmo Timonen pursuing him, Tavares skated below the goal line and sent a pass to the slot, which found the stick of a wide-open Matt Moulson.
Moulson immediately threw a shot on net giving the Islanders a 1-0 lead only 28 seconds into the period.
Following the goal, the Flyers picked up where they left off in the first.
The team tried to force passes to the center of the ice and failed to create any kind of continuity.
When in the offensive zone, they struggled to gain position in front of the net and couldn’t get shots through the congestion.
Worst of all, the team was far too careless with the puck and consistently coughed up turnovers that fueled New York’s offensive attacks.
The Islanders had several breakaway chances, many of which came during Philadelphia power plays.
Tavares had three breakaways of his own, in addition to another by Michael Grabner. Despite the golden opportunities, Bobrovsky managed to turn away each chance.
That is until Josh Bailey met him one-on-one.
The play began off of a turnover in the offensive zone during a Flyers power play and ended with Bailey roofing a backhand past Bobrovsky.
In the third period, the Islanders added another goal on a power play as well as an empty netter with .8 seconds remaining in regulation.
In between the final two New York tallies, Read deflected a Sean Couturier shot for the Flyers lone goal of the night. He now leads all rookies in goals scored with 14.
With the exception of Bobrovsky, the Flyers had little to be proud of; the team lacked any kind of motivation.
Sloppy play in all three zones as well as futile attempts at creativity lead to the team’s first home loss against the Islanders since 2007.
Not to mention that they continually failed to support their goaltender.
“For the first two periods we left [Bobrovsky] to try and figure things out by himself without the driving support that we needed,” head coach Peter Laviolette said. “We left him out to dry too many times.”
It would be one thing if the Islanders outplayed the Flyers.
Unfortunately, the Flyers failed to show up.
Following the game, it was clear that the team understood that they went home without two points solely because of themselves.
“It was all about us,” Kimmo Timonen said. “We sucked today.”
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